This winter WestJet is launching two new routes to Florida, one to Mexico and one to Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights throughout its domestic and international networks. Additionally, WestJet Encore will launch three-times-daily service between Toronto and Boston.

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JetBlue Airways plans to introduce its Mint premium transcontinental service on its routes linking Boston with San Francisco, Los Angeles and Barbados. It also plans to launch services linking Nashville with Boston and Fort Lauderdale and increase service frequencies on 14 routes from Boston.

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Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, which began selling tickets on June 11 for its routes between Los Angeles and Costa Rica’s two major international airports, is offering introductory one-way fares of $249 from Los Angeles to San José and Liberia.

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Southwest Airlines is planning to launch international service from Houston Hobby Airport to eight cities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean this fall.

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Assuming it receives the required governmental approvals, Alaska Airlines will operate four weekly round-trips from Los Angeles to Costa Rica’s capital San Jose and also four round-trips to Liberia in Guanacaste province.

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As the only European airline still serving all of the three West African nations in which the 2014 outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever first reached crisis proportions, Brussels Airlines is uniquely qualified to discuss reasons for maintaining service to those countries throughout the course of the outbreak.

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This spring Air Canada’s leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is taking over eight routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Cancun and Tampa.

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In addition to the 14 routes which Air Canada’s new leisure-airline brand will serve from July 1, Air Canada rouge will add seasonal flights operating from October through March to another 13 sunspot destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Southwestern U.S. for “snowbird” winter-season leisure travelers.

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Subject to government approvals, WestJet will add Antigua, Curaçao and Liberia in Costa Rica as new seasonal destinations, all to be served from Toronto Pearson International Airport; and Manzanillo in Mexico, to be served from Calgary International Airport.

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The carrier launched its first flight between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, via Dakar, Senegal, on December 4, 2006. A week later, Delta began serving Accra, Ghana, from its hub at New York JFK.

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JetBlue Airways is planning to operate four weekly nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Liberia, Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport from November 17, 2011, subject to government approval.

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Delta Air Lines is launching a new service between Atlanta and Monrovia, Liberia, expanding the airline’s position as the leading U.S. carrier operating flights to Africa.

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Brussels Airlines expects to expand its already-extensive services to Africa, a move which would bring additional connecting possibilities for Star Alliance passengers at its growing hub at Brussels Airport.

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